Thursday, June 24, 2010

A New Adventure!

Today is the day....the beginning of a new adventure for me and Daddy!  After going to visit the GI doctor in a few hours, Daddy will officially move in with me.  I am excited for the opportunity to care for him, to give back a small portion of all he has given me.  I am also a bit anxious.  I have some mighty big shoes to fill!  He has lived with both of my sisters and they have given him excellent care.  I only want to take care of him well and provide for his needs as best I can.  I am depending the the Lord for the strength to do that and I believe with my whole heart He will give me that strength.

I seem to do so much better when I am taking care of someone else.  Even my own doctor has said as much.  Although he did remind me that a large portion of caring for others is taking care of yourself!  I promised him I would do my best to do better at that on this go round than on the last!  He laughed and told me he intended to hold me to that!

I do have some health issues that must be addressed daily and have a new development to deal with on the horizon.  I'm not sure what that will entail, but then are we ever sure what life holds for us?  I cannot just sit idly by and let life pass me up while I cower in the corner and worry about what my tomorrows may hold.  That's a complete lack of faith and I refuse to walk a faithless path!  The Lord has been there for me at every turn all the years of my life.  I know He will not desert me now.

I've never felt more sure of my confidence in the Lord or more sure that I was doing what He wanted me to do.  I have known since my very early childhood that I have a caregivers heart.  God placed that heart within me because He had a mission for me.  Taking care of others seems to be my personal mission field and I have to say, I totally enjoy it.  From my earliest memory, I have wanted to be a nurse or a doctor.  I was never physically able to do that due to my own health problems.  However, as one of my nephews pointed out to me once, I've been doing it basically all of my life without the degree!  I'm good with that!

So, let the new adventure begin!  As that old song says "Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand"!  So, on I go holding to the hand of Jesus and knowing He is leading me each step of the way and carrying me when I need to be carried! 

"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"

Romans 5: 1-5  (The Message)


Constance said...

Your choice of Romans is exactly what I needed to be reminded of!

"We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise."

I love the image here of unencumbered worship! I want that to be MY testimony!

You will do an amazing job with your dad! Your heart is selfless and others oriented! I see it in the beautiful and encouraging words you leave me on FB or on my blog. You are a sweet friend and sister!

I feel like I have so little to give these days in the way of encouragement to others so mostly I remain silent. Don't consider my silence as aloofness but rather someone with a depleted reserve. I am prying for my tank to be filled by the Holy Spirit this weekend at Beth Moore!

Love and hugs,

Word verification:

Kind of sounds like THERAPY!

Pat said...

Maybe you should title this post "Dianes Excellent Adventure"! I love the way you make the most of each moment given sitting on your laurals and watching the world go by for you! I believe that God blesses you with a giving heart, then fills you back up again to give even more. He loves your obidience!

Denise said...

Your father is a very lucky man! I'm so glad to see a post from you. I have missed you!

donna said...

It's nice to see new posts sprouting up on your blog...I have always loved your writing and heart for others...will keep you and your father in my prayers as you walk forward on this path of you sis...

Trish said...

You, my friend... definitely have the gifts of mercy and exhortation.
They are gifts that I admire most!
You, leave the handprints of Jesus on those you touch.
You and your Daddy are blessed to have this time together.
Big Hugs!